THE Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Shri Balasubramanian, has said the country would offer 500 scholarships to Nigerians in 2023.
Balasubramanian made this known during a courtesy visit to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
The envoy said that his working visit to the agency was to promote information and communication exchange between the two countries.
Balasubramanian said, “We will be having a group of Journalists from Nigeria go to India, not on a course but” actually a field visit being organized to expose India.
“In other words, what India has been doing in the area of politics. We will not be doing it exclusively for Nigeria, but for West Africa, for about 30 people.
“I am sure that Nigeria, being a part of G20, will be able to get more numbers, so we will be doing it after March and April.
“I will discuss it with you to get your recommendations also; we do award 500 scholarships every year to Nigerians, 250 of them are on the civilian side.
“We will be happy to reintroduce further studies in the area of Mass Communication in a prestigious place and we have short-term courses also.”
He said that the scholarship involved other courses that Journalists could be interested in, saying “we work on a calendar basis and our financial year comes to close in March”.
“So, April to March is our calendar through which we do all these things.
“Currently, it is two and a half months that is available but come April it will be the first 250 and we will be happy to continue these things,” the envoy added.
While commending the bilateral relations between the two countries, he said more would be done to further deepen India-Nigeria ties in healthcare delivery.
He extolled the volume of trade between both countries, saying that over 135 Indian companies so far invested $19 billion in Nigeria since the past four decades of diplomatic relations between both countries.
He said that Nigeria’s invitation as a guest participant to the G20 Summit scheduled to hold from Sept. 9 to 10 in New Delhi in India, would boost the opportunity to showcase the priority of developing countries to the world.
The High Commissioner listed the mission’s plan for 2023 to include the celebration of India National Day on Jan. 26, the Food Festival and Cooking Competition on Jan. 28 and the facilitation of “Yoga” weekly exercise to boost healthy living.
Responding, the Managing Director of NAN, Buki Ponle, commended Balasubramanian for the visit to have been apt in deepening relations on information sharing and news networks between the two countries.